Councillors agree to retain 18 play parks

Climbing frame in children's play park area

Published: Friday, 28th August 2020

A total of 18 play parks will be retained following approval by Councillors at our full meeting on Thursday 27 August

While Councillors also voted to decommission 56 play parks, there will still be 187 facilities across the Borders including a number of modern and inclusive play areas as part of our £4.8m play parks and outdoor community spaces programme.

The 18 play parks to be retained

  • Lower Burnmouth, Burnmouth
  • Stebbings Rise, Eyemouth
  • Ainslie Terrace, Duns
  • Jedbank Grove, Jedburgh
  • Croft Park, Kelso
  • Rosewood Gardens, Kelso
  • Roger Quin Gardens, Galashiels
  • Prior’s Walk, Melrose
  • Millburn, Lauder
  • Rushbank, Newstead
  • Fairfield Crescent, Selkirk
  • The Loaning, Denholm
  • Bowden Road, Hawick
  • Burnfoot School, Hawick
  • Hislop Gardens, Hawick
  • Millers Knowe, Hawick
  • Caddon Court, Innerleithen
  • Eliot’s Park, Peebles

The 56 parks to be decommissioned

  • Lammerview, Chirnside
  • Hallydown Crescent, Eyemouth
  • Douglas Court, Coldstream
  • Lees Farm, Coldstream
  • Trinity Park, Duns
  • Fort Hill, Jedburgh
  • Howden Road, Jedburgh
  • Hume Palace, Jedburgh
  • Berrymoss Court, Kelso
  • Meadow Court, Kelso
  • Orchard Park, Kelso
  • Springwood Rise, Kelso
  • Sydenham Court, Kelso
  • Wallaceneuk, Kelso
  • Woodside Gardens, Kelso
  • Still Haugh, Fountainhall
  • Balnakiel Terrace, Galashiels
  • Broom Drive, Galashiels
  • Croft Street, Galashiels
  • Kingsknowe, Galashiels
  • Lee Brae, Galashiels
  • Netherbank, Galashiels
  • Rosebank Place, Galashiels
  • Syke’s Acre, Galashiels
  • Waverley Place, Galashiels
  • Woodlea, Galashiels
  • Lady’s Walk, Darnick
  • Acorn Drive, Earlston
  • Everest Road, Earlston
  • Gun Road, Earlston
  • Summerfield, Earlston
  • Upper Gattonside, Gattonside
  • Eildon View, Melrose
  • Fairways, Melrose
  • Dean Park, Newstead
  • Craw Wood, Tweedbank
  • King George V, Newtown St Boswells
  • Whitefield, Newtown St Boswells
  • Bannerfield, Selkirk
  • Heatherlie Park, Selkirk
  • Rosebank Quarry, Selkirk
  • Mayfield, Hawick
  • Waverley Walk, Hawick
  • Wellington Court, Hawick
  • Wilson Drive, Hawick
  • Green Terrace, Hawick
  • Leaburn Drive, Hawick
  • Caddonhaugh, Clovenfords
  • Memorial Hall, Innerleithen
  • Glen Crescent Juniors, Peebles
  • Kingsway, Peebles
  • Provost Melrose Place, Peebles
  • Eilbank Road, Eddleston
  • Crossburn Farm Road, Peebles
  • Haylodge Park (small), Peebles
  • Kingsland Square, Peebles

Background

The decision to retain 18 play parks across the Borders followed discussions with Councillors on a ward by ward basis.

While 56 play parks will be decommissioned, all will be left open to future use as non-equipped areas of play, or for alternative community uses where there is a local desire to do so.

Play parks and outdoor community spaces programme

The £4.8m play parks and outdoor community spaces programme has already seen a number of new facilities opened, the latest being a £200k contribution to the new pump track in Wilton Lodge Park which has proved hugely popular since it opened earlier this month.

Other new facilities which have opened in the last three years include:

  • Wilton Lodge Play Park in Hawick
  • Rowan Boland Play Park in Galashiels
  • Oxton
  • Stow
  • Harestanes near Ancrum
  • Coldstream
  • Kelso

The programme also includes plans for new play areas in Jedburgh, Peebles, Newtown St Boswells, Duns and Eyemouth.

Alongside the recently completed pump track in Hawick, three new skate parks in Peebles, Jedburgh and Galashiels are in the programme, as well as a series of youth/fitness shelters.

Images and report

Images of new play parks opened as part of the programme are available on our Flickr page.

The Council report is available to read.

Councillor Shona Haslam, Leader

“There has been a lot of discussions and comments in local communities since we announced our play park strategy.

“However, I am pleased we have reached a conclusion which means 18 play parks identified as important within communities across the Borders will be retained.

“This decision means we can now move on with our exciting programme for play parks and community outdoor spaces.

“This programme aims to ensure young people of all abilities and ages have access to modern, quality and inclusive play equipment in order to get active in a fun environment, as well as encourage visitors to come to the Scottish Borders through creating new facilities.”

Councillor Robin Tatler, our new Executive Member for Community Development and Localities

“Following the Coronavirus lockdown, it has been fantastic to see families get out and active by using our new play park facilities, as well as the new pump track in Hawick.

“The decision means we still have 187 play parks across the Borders and the Council can now make sure these facilities are maintained to the highest standard.”